Category : News
Author: Jamie Ensor

New Zealand's reputation in international media for having one of the world's leading COVID-19 responses has been put in doubt by a quick increase in cases months after it began a strict alert level 4 lockdown.

Having already plummeted from the top spot to number 38 in Bloomberg's COVID Resilience Rankings - attributed to the Delta outbreak and relatively slow vaccination rollout - international media have also taken to spotlighting the country's large rise in infections.

Article: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2021/10/coronavirus-international-media-paints-grim-picture-of-new-zealand-covid-outbreak.html
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That's what happens when you get absolute fuckwits breaking the rules, and the police force not given the power to truly enforce. You are lucky I am not in charge because if you break the rules and law set out you would be charged with bio-terrorism.

Also the mis-infomation that has spread like wild fire on the net is not helping either.

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Category : News
Author: Michael Morrah

A crew member on a New Zealand warship conducting military exercises in the South China Sea has tested positive for COVID-19.

The infected sailor, who is vaccinated, is onboard the Navy's frigate, the HMNZS Te Kaha.

Article: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2021/10/nz-sailor-tests-positive-for-covid-19-amid-south-east-asia-wargames.html
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Category : News
Author: David Rising

After sending a record number of military aircraft to harass Taiwan over China’s National Day holiday, Beijing has toned down the saber rattling but tensions remain high, with the rhetoric and reasoning behind the exercises unchanged.

Article: https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/300430891/taiwan-uschina-conflict-unlikely-but-experts-say-a-miscalculation-could-spell-disaster
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Category : Defence

Three crewmembers of a Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopter are safe after ditching their helicopter in the Philippine Sea during a routine flight overnight.

The aircraft was operating from HMAS Brisbane as part of a Regional Presence Deployment with HMAS Warramunga, when the crew conducted an emergency landing in the water. 

Article: https://www.australiandefence.com.au/news/ran-mh-60r-seahawk-helicopter-ditches-in-the-philippine-sea
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Category : Defence
Author: Soli Middleby, Anna Powles and Joanne Wallis

The Australian government often describes Australia and New Zealand as ‘natural allies’. But Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement of the AUKUS security partnership with the United States and the United Kingdom on 16 September—which he described as ‘a forever partnership for a new time between the oldest and most trusted of friends’—raises questions about the changing dynamics of Australia’s natural alliance.

Article: https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/aukus-adds-ambiguity-to-the-australia-new-zealand-alliance/
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Category : News
Author: David Engel

Amid the commentary on Australia’s handling of France over the decision to switch to nuclear-powered submarines, Canberra’s treatment of another close partner and the reaction that has caused have received relatively scant attention.

The Australian government’s dealings with Indonesia on the submarines and AUKUS was no less maladroit.

Article: https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/aukus-and-australia-indonesia-relations-22-clever-by-half/
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Category : Defence
Author: Sam Sachdeva

As the US and China spar over maritime clashes in the South China Sea, New Zealand has set out its view of some of the issues at play – with a viewpoint unlikely to find favour with Beijing

New Zealand has weighed in on long-running and heated territorial disputes in the South China Sea, with a carefully-worded diplomatic note that nonetheless sets the country in opposition to Beijing.

Article: https://www.newsroom.co.nz/nz-wades-into-south-china-sea-dispute
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Since this article, New Zealand sent HMNZS Te Kaha and HMNZS Aotearoa and sailed the South China Sea with the UK Carrier Strike Group 21. #UKCSG21. This also sends a message to China (a bit heavier than a diplomatic note) of where NZ stands on the South China Sea, the 9 Dash Line and freedom of navigation...

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Category : News
Author: Reuters

Standing beside North Korea's largest missiles, leader Kim Jong Un said his country's weapons development is necessary in the face of hostile policies from the United States and a military buildup in South Korea, state media said on Tuesday.

Article: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/world/453467/flanked-by-missiles-north-korea-s-kim-says-u-s-and-south-korea-threaten-peace
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